Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane will determine his own future

Harry Kane's fine form has seen him become one of the most highly sought players on the planet
Updated 07 February 2018
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Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane will determine his own future

LONDON: Harry Kane is happy at Tottenham Hotspur but only the star striker can answer questions regarding his long-term commitment to the Premier League club, manager Mauricio Pochettino said.
Kane is very much the man of the moment, having scored his 100th Premier League goal in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday. But the nerves of Spurs fans would have been tested by his admission that winning trophies was his priority.
The 24-year-old signed a deal to remain at Tottenham until 2022, but when asked about Kane’s long-term future, Pochettino said: “That is a question for him, not me. Of course, he wants to score goals and win titles but I cannot say anything more about this.”
Kane has attracted huge interest from major European clubs in recent months, with Real Madrid’s former president Ramon Calderon stating in October that he expected the Spanish club to try to sign the forward.
“He is so happy here and he loves Tottenham but this is a personal question, regarding what he thinks and how he feels. I cannot answer for him,” Pochettino added.
Real are the favorites to sign Kane, should the Spurs striker desire a move away from North London. There is much speculation that the side from the Spanish capital are looking at Kane to be a key part of their team once 31-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo moves on. That move was given extra credence with Ryan Giggs claiming that Gareth Bale’s success at Real Madrid could persuade Kane to do the same.
Los Blancos star Bale has won three Champions League titles since he swapped White Hart Lane for the Bernabeu. And the new Wales coach said it would only be natural for Kane to look to do the same.
“When a player goes to a team where they are going to be competing for leagues and trophies then you go up another level, but winning things with a club where you’ve come through the ranks is different and more special, so you’d prefer to do that, especially with a brilliant manager and the new stadium coming,” Giggs said.
“He (Kane) might also be looking abroad, and maybe seeing what Gareth Bale has achieved in winning three Champions League titles with Real Madrid.”


Toni Kroos dismisses Mesut Ozil's claims of racism in Germany World Cup camp

Updated 16 August 2018
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Toni Kroos dismisses Mesut Ozil's claims of racism in Germany World Cup camp

  • Germany still in turmoil after early World Cup exit and Ozil's claims of racism.
  • Loew's side set to face France next month in first match after Russia tournament.

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos says Mesut Ozil was “out of order” to make accusations of racism within the German set up as he retired from international football last month.
“Basically, Mesut is a long-serving national team player and deserved a better exit as a footballer,” Kroos, 28, told German daily Bild.
“I have played with Mesut for many years and know that he is a nice guy. But the way he retired was out of order.
“The proportion of his statement which was fair and justified was unfortunately overshadowed by a much higher proportion of nonsense.
“I think he himself knows that racism does not exist within the national team and the DFB.
“On the contrary, we are always committed to diversity and integration. Mesut was a good example of that, like many of our team mates.”
Ozil, 29, created a furor last month when he retired from international football in an explosive three-part statement in which he accused German FA (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel of racism.
“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” wrote Ozil, sparking a storm in Germany and triggering fierce debate about integration.
Ozil fell foul of German fans and was booed during pre-World Cup friendlies after he and fellow midfielder Ilkay Gundogan posed for pictures with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May, raising questions about the pair’s loyalty to Germany.
Only a handful of Germany players have spoken about the saga, which captain Manuel Neuer described as “stressful” while Thomas Mueller said there is “no question of racism within the team.”
Real Madrid star Kroos says Arsenal midfielder Ozil, who like Gundogan has Turkish roots, was wrong to meet with Erdogan and then wait two months before breaking his silence.
“Mesut was criticized for the photo — and rightly so,” said Kroos. “And he missed the chance to explain himself.
“Nevertheless, he was completely supported by the coaching staff and the (national) team.
“Later he was — like the rest of us — criticized for the performance at the World Cup.
“The type of criticism was certainly not always at a good (justified) level — but then you have to deal with that as a player.”
In the first game since their World Cup debacle, Germany, who have plummeted to 15th in the FIFA rankings, will host world champions France in Munich on Sept. 6 in the newly-launched Nations League tournament.
Germany head coach Joachim Loew has promised sweeping changes and Kroos has resisted the urge to retire.
“Yes, I will continue until Euro 2020 and have set the big goal that we will be far more successful than last time,” said Kroos.
Fellow German midfielder Sami Khedira, 31, also ruled out retirement on Thursday and hopes for a call-up against France to make amends for the World Cup disaster.
“After a good season with Juventus, I played my two worst matches at the World Cup with full fitness. That was really bad,” Khedira, wrote on Instagram.
However, Kroos says the squad Loew selects on Aug. 29 must find the necessary drive that was so badly missing in Russia.
“We have to be greedy and more forceful again, as far as goal-scoring is concerned,” added Kroos.
“And we have to be more unpleasant to play against in terms of defense — without just defending.”
Loew welcomed Kroos’ decision to stay on.
“With his experience, class and personality, he is of course a key player who plays a very important role in our future plans — on and off the pitch,” reacted Loew on dfb.de.
However, the head coach has yet to comment on the Ozil fiasco.